DOYLESTOWN, PA — The Fred Beans Automotive Group usually ends the year with an ambitious sales goal, but 2021 was different: the car dealership aimed to provide 50,000 meals to those in need.
Throughout December, Fred Beans committed to donating a portion of every sale and service bill to hunger-fighting organizations in areas where the automotive group operates. The effort resulted in a $27,500 donation, which will provide about 55,000 meals, with most food pantries able to provide two meals per dollar.
In addition to the monetary donation to fund meals, Fred Beans Automotive Group also donated 1,924 pounds of food to the Bucks County Opportunity Council, which supplies food pantries throughout the county. Dealerships collected food items during photos with Santa for customers and their pets, and employees also made generous contributions throughout the month.
“We launched our first meals challenge in May 2020, at the height of the pandemic, with a goal of providing 500,000 meals by the end of the year,” said Fred Beans, founder and president of the automotive group bearing his name. “Just over a year and a half later, our commitment to fighting hunger is just as firm, because we know the need is just as staggering. I am proud of our entire organization, including our customers, who recognize the importance of staying in this fight to aid our neighbors, friends and coworkers through an exceptionally difficult time.”
Dennis Malloy, a co-owner and partner of Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown, even matched his dealership’s contribution of $2,500 with a personal check for the local beneficiary, the Salvation Army of Boyertown food pantry. He noted the need, with this local food pantry supporting more than 300 families a week, emphasizing, “It takes all of us helping in some way to really make a difference.”
In addition to the Bucks County Opportunity Council and the Salvation Army of Boyertown, the Fred Beans 50,000 Meals Challenge also supported the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Flemington Area Food Pantry and the Salvation Army of West Chester.
“My father has always encouraged us to do something every day to make our community better, both as a company and personally,” said Beth Beans Gilbert, Fred Beans’ vice president. “So many of our Fred Beans team members have taken these words to heart, not only supporting our meals challenges and food drives, but also volunteering their time to distribute meals at the pantries. We will continue as a company to champion this cause and partner with our local food pantries in 2022.”